Graduate Students


Catherine E. Stewart, M.S.
catherine.stewart@uconn.eduEntered program 2013
Catherine is a fifth year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at UConn. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and classics from Colby College. Before beginning graduate school, Catherine worked as a research assistant at the NYU Child Study Center on a school-based treatment study for adolescent social anxiety disorder.

Her research interests broadly involve improving effectiveness of treatments for anxious youth. As the lead graduate student in the Treadwell lab, she studies relationship factors and conversation styles within peer friendships that may impact anxiety. She was recently awarded the Herkens & Schwarz fellowship for her study investigating the potential physiological correlates of dyadic worry. Catherine has also coordinated a study for Golda Ginsburg, Ph.D. at UConn Health on the CALM Study, which is evaluating school nurse delivered interventions for anxiety. She is currently working on her dissertation using data from this pilot randomized controlled trial to investigate predictors of intervention fidelity and the relationship of fidelity to child outcomes.

She has completed clinical practicums at the UConn Psychological Services Clinic and the Anxiety Disorders Center. She is currently training at UConn Health Center Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She is applying for internship this fall (2017).

Dissertation: Can School Nurses Deliver Evidence-based Interventions for Anxious Youth?: Examining Adherence and Competence in a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the CALM Intervention

Masters Thesis: Effects of Worry Conversations on Anxiety and Affect: An Observational Study of Dyadic Worry using the Actor Partner Interdependence Model

Representative Publications:

Muggeo, M. A., Stewart, C. E., Drake, K. L., & Ginsburg, G. S. (2017). A School Nurse-Delivered Intervention for Anxious Children: An Open Trial. School Mental Health9(2), 157-171.

Stewart, C. E., Lee, S. Y., Hogstrom, A., & Williams, M. (2017). Diversify and conquer: A call to promote minority representation in clinical psychology. Behavior Therapist, 40(3), 74-79.

Masia Warner, C., Brice, C., Esseling, P., Stewart, C. E., Mufson, L., & Herzig, K. (2013). Consultants’ perceptions of school counselors’ ability to implement an empirically-based intervention for adolescent social anxiety disorder. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 40(6), 541-554.

Colognori, D., Esseling, P., Stewart, C., Reiss, P., Lu, F., Case, B., & Masia Warner, C. (2012). Self-disclosure and mental health service use in socially anxious adolescents. School Mental Health, 4(4), 219-230.

 Connor Gallik, B.A.

Entered program 2015

Connor is a third year graduate student in the clinical psychology program. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston University. During his undergraduate career, Connor worked in a developmental psychology lab focusing on cognitive development and science learning in young children. Additionally, he worked as a research assistant at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.


Connor’s research interests broadly involve child and adolescent disorders, with a particular focus in anxiety disorders. Additionally, Connor is interested in mental health and well-being of transgender youth and young adults, as well as clinician competency with transgender populations. Connor is currently examining the stability of attention bias over time and the relationship to anxiety and depression for his masters thesis.



Gallik, C., Stewart, C. E., & Treadwell, K. (2016, October). Friendship interacts with co-rumination in prospective prediction of depression and anxiety. Poster presented at the conference for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Gallik, C. (2014, October). Evolving Minds: Children’s learning of natural selection from picture books. Poster presented at the Boston University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Boston, MA.

Emmons, N., Gallik, C., & Kelemen, D. (2014). Religious testimony impacts children’s reasoning about their prolife existence: The case of Mormonism. Manuscript in preparation.

Caitlin V. Dombrowski, Ph.D.
Graduated 2016
  • Post-doc Fellowship (2016-2018): Geriatric/Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Fellow, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA
  • Clinical Internship (2015-2016): Clinical Neuropsychology Track, University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL
  • Dissertation: The influence of cognitive interference and anxiety on working memory and performance validity tests
  • M.A. Thesis: Gender differences in co-rumination, co-worry, and internalizing symptoms in late adolescence 
Amanda J. LeTard, Ph.D.
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Graduated 2016

  • Post-doc Fellowship (2016-2018): Clinician, CBT Westport, Westport, CT
  • Clinical Internship (2015-2016): Child Track, Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
  • Dissertation: Linking meaning making with autonomy, attachment, and parental influences
  • M.A. Thesis: Autonomy and friendship quality as exacerbating and buffering factors of positive and negative indices of adolescent socio-emotional well-being
  • Co-Advisor: Julie Wargo Aikins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and the Department of Clinical and Translational Science (DCaTS), Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
Janine Domingues, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2013

  • Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute, New York, NY
  • Post-doc Fellowship: Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute, New York, NY
  • Clinical Internship (2012-2013): Child, Adolescent, and Family Track, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • Dissertation: Attention shifts and anxiety changes: a dose-response relationships
Shehreen Latif, Ph.D.


Graduated 2012

  • Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Telka Smith, Practice in Psychology, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Post-doc Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Inpatient Units, Institute of Living, Hartford, CT
  • Clinical Internship (2011-2012): Child Track, Institute of Living, Hartford, CT
  • Dissertation: Perceived control as a critical factor in the relationship between family overcontrol, life stressors and anxiety


 Kathleen Herzig, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2011

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
  • Post-doc Fellowship/Research Scientist: NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Clinical Internship (2010-2011): Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Dissertation: A reciprocal model of peer victimization and psychosocial functioning
  • M.A. Thesis: Ethnicity as a moderating factor in the effects of peer victimization on adolescent functioning
 Rachel Novosel, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2011

  • Current Position: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Center, LLC, King of Prussia, PA
  • Post-doc Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
  • Clinical Internship (2010-2011): Department of Behavioral Medicine, Charleston Area Medical Center Health System, Charleston, WV
  • Dissertation: Implications of ecological validity for cognitive distortions of depression
  • M.A. Thesis: Identifying factors contributing to the emergence of self-disclosure and co-rumination within adolescent dyadic friendship
 Sarah J. Tartar, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2008


  • Post-doc Fellowship: Neuropsychology, Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living, Hartford, CT
  • Clinical Internship (2007-2008): Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Dissertation: Patterns of neuropsychological test performance in subpopulations of mild traumatic brain injury